Rep. Robert Huddleston retires after more than 20 years

After more than 20 years in the Legislature, Rep. Robert Huddleston announced Thursday that he has retired. The Sumner Democrat has served in the House since 1996. Huddleston submitted his resignation Wednesday and it was effective immediately. “I wish Representative Huddleston the best of luck in his retirement,” Speaker Philip Gunn said in a release. “He has been a loyal friend to me and a great legislator.

Kellogg gives $3 million to Jackson schools commission

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation will provide a $3 million grant for its work with the Jackson Public School District. The Community Foundation of Mississippi will apply those funds over an 18-month period toward administrative support for the Better Together Commission, as well as supporting “robust communications and community engagement,” according to a release. The funds will not go to the school district directly. “The nature of the work the commission is tasked with requires intentional and intensive relationship building and collaboration, and we are excited about the opportunity to bring our experience serving the community and connecting people to do good work,” said Community Foundation president and CEO Jane Alexander. The 15-member Better Together Commission was announced in October 2017 as an alternative to state takeover for the school district.

State delays approval of Jackson Public Schools plan

The Jackson Public School District has some work to do before the state can approve its corrective action plan, a necessary step in the district’s audit process. At a State Board of Education meeting Thursday, members decided to delay approval of some districts’ corrective action plans, or CAPs because they needed more work. Three districts — JPS, Natchez-Adams and Hazlehurst — will continue to work on their plans with the help of the Mississippi Department of Education. They will be presented for approval in March. Both Jackson and state education officials said the work will be a collaborative effort.